Music Pedagogy

Course Administration

Prof. Dr. Andreas Doerne
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lessing

Michael Stecher

Description of the master's degree in music education for instrumental and vocal teachers

Diverse educational processes in music education contexts

The master's degree in music education enables existing music education skills to be deepened while at the same time continuing high-quality individual artistic lessons on the instrument. The range of study content is based on current job-related requirements, for example at music schools, and to a large extent on the individual artistic and educational learning needs of each individual student.

For this purpose, the curriculum is divided into ten subject areas, which are seen in their concrete relation to and their importance for making music and teaching. These subject areas are:

  • Instrumental and Vocal Teaching Practice
  • Creative Music Making
  • Aural Music Practice and Learning
  • Music and Movement / The Body as Core-Instrument
  • Elementary Music Education
  • Popular Music & Music of the World
  • Digital Media & Music Production
  • Concert Pedagogy & Education Projects
  • Musical Adult Education & Higher Education
  • Music and Medicine

In the first semester, mandatory introductory events are offered for all subject areas. Afterwards, the students put together their individual specialization profile from the above-mentioned subject areas, which consists of their own artistic, educational and scientific projects. This individual profile formation takes place in personal responsibility as a self-directed study accompanied by the lecturers. The master’s degree is designed around the idea of returning to the core of a university understanding of education, which is learning through independent research within a community of teachers and learners.

Entry Requirements

It is only possible to start studying in the Music Pedagogy Master in the winter term.

(see Immatrikulationssatzung)

  • Completed Bachelor's degree at a German university of music or a comparable music-related course of study, e.g. Bachelor of Music or a completed school music degree, etc.
  • Successfully passed entrance examination which consists of two parts: An artistic-instrumental and a music-educational part
    (Registration deadline: 1st of April for the following winter term)


Regulations, degree plans and module catalogues

Notes on the entrance exams

Requirements in the entrance exam

a) The artistic specialisation instrument/vocal can be taken either with the classical music profile (all instruments and singing) or the jazz/rock/pop/world music profile (piano, guitar, drums, electric bass, double bass, singing, saxophone).

- The following applies to the classical music profile: The requirements for the aptitude test in the instrumental or vocal specialisation subject correspond to the details listed under 1 to 3, 8 to 9, 11 to 15, 18 to 19, 22, 24 to 25, 29 to 30 and 34 to 43.

- The following applies to the jazz/rock/pop/world music profile: The requirements for the aptitude test in the instrumental or vocal specialisation subject consist of the performance of at least three stylistically different works from jazz, Latin, pop, funk, world music or rock, optionally with an accompanying band on site (the use of backing tracks is not permitted). The sheet music for the backing band must be provided in triplicate (lead sheet with chord symbols and melody).

b) The pedagogical part of the aptitude test consists of an interview on the submitted application documents (approx. 30 minutes). The committee for this part of the examination consists of the head of the degree programme and another teacher from the Master's degree programme in Music Education.

c) The following must be submitted with the application

Information on application and entrance examination Master Music Education


General information Master Music Music Education


About the master's program in Music Pedagogy - Prof. Dr. Andreas Doerne and Michael Stecher in conversation

Contact person for student applicants:

Michael Stecher